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09-02-2014 11:22 AM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Originally Posted by Brewgyver View Post
Wow, ten pages on a thread with "let's see 'em" in the opening post, and only ONE pic? [/IMG].

When I go out, the screen gets bungied to keep from swinging. If the going is rough, it lifts off the mount to lay flat on the berth.
OK, here's the 19" on our boat. The mount is through bolted to the bulkhead with 3/8" stainless bolts. It's not going anywhere, even in rough conditions.

09-02-2014 02:25 AM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

OK, can somebody please tell me why these pics don't show? I put them in an SN album, and inserted links in the post.
09-01-2014 05:05 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Wow, ten pages on a thread with "let's see 'em" in the opening post, and only ONE pic? I have a 40" LED screen, a smart Blu-ray, not to mention Blu-ray drive and HDMI output on my laptop. My boat is my getaway even when I don't have time to take her out and actually sail, and of course there are always maintenance days. So, at the end of the 40 mile drive, I stop at the store for dinner to grill, beer or ice, and frequently a red box movie. The display and Blu-ray run on a tiny inverter when away from the slip.

I used a swiveling bulkhead mount to give me the stand-off space to stow the dinette table (I'm sure most of you have seen that setup, it goes vertically to the right side of the screen in the pic). Oops, pic is sideways, so the dinette table goes above it in the pic!

When I go out, the screen gets bungied to keep from swinging. If the going is rough, it lifts off the mount to lay flat on the berth.
08-27-2014 06:19 AM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

I just realized that I posted our epilogue in another thread.

It's actually become a joke aboard. We went through no less than 4 TVs, or was it 5. Some returned, some given to the kids.

First, while the Vizio 110v TVs were fine quality (I don't have very high standards here, but I think most would like them), the process of turning the invertor on/off was an ongoing concern, especially if we went to bed before kids or guests. We have to hope, fingers crossed, etc, that they shut it down properly. I really needed to find a 12v set. Not to mention the simple inefficiency of an invertor on house power.

I did buy one 12v Supersonic set from Amazon that was horrible, with a capital H. The picture was probably the worst I've ever seen, dating back to when color TVs first came out!

Finally, we purchased a 24" Jensen LED, that is 12v. In fact, it only comes with a 12v stripped power cable to be connect to ships power. If you want 110v, you buy that adapter separately. The picture is actually great and you can also bolt it directly to the wall, without a separate mount. Naturally, it was a few more bucks than the other several attempts we made, but turns out to be well worth it. Purpose designed almost always is.
08-26-2014 11:01 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

How about 60 inch on our Nor'Sea 27?

A couple of years ago I purchased an LED Pico projector. It fits in the palm of my hand!

We can sit in the cockpit (in the evening), or even on the beach, and watch 60 inch screen. We have had other boats dink up and watch along side of us. It runs off an internal battery for over 2 hours, or sips very little power when connected to ships power!

We also have a Seagate hard drive with a built in WiFi that we can connect to with our pads and watch a ton of recorded movies and TV series we carry along.

08-26-2014 10:40 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Forgot to mention I have an iPad mount for the Binnacle, and I can bring it with me when delivering boats. I have to use headphones or I should bring an external speaker as the sound is weak.

I make everyone watch Captain Ron if they haven't seen it.

I love my 1st Gen iPad for navigation if it is not wet out. It works great for movies, and that makes the slow watches go a bit faster. It is easy to pause, and check the chart app.

I also find using one ear piece works great for listening to music and still hearing what is happening on deck.
08-26-2014 10:33 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

I use a 24" Visio 1080p on wall mount that can be locked close the wall for travel. My eyesight is such that placing it a few feet away means it is very sharp and being close it is just a nice as a big screen farther away.

I use a TiVo which I load with Turner Classic movies and a few other shows, it takes me a while to burn through those. I also have Netflix, and a MiFi and unlimited data on Verizon. I still need to put up a better WiFi antenna--haven't really needed it yet. I also have a BlueRay player which I love. I can't see the difference in resolution between DVD and BlueRay, but the colors are much more vivid on BlueRay. So I use RedBox for these. I also have a Mac Mini which I don't use all that much for navigation and as a media center, and a Gigabit switch.

All this stuff runs fine on a 500 watt inverter. I bought a 1000 watt inverter and then found it was two 500's. I may upgrade that at some point, but it has worked well and only needed some sheet metal flanges to made to mount it. The only reason I'd upgrade is to run my microwave. I have a good electrical system and solar panels and don't ever need to plug in. I've debated putting in a satellite in-motion system, but have not felt the need as yet. I watch more TV when the weather is bad and very little when the weather is nice.

I would like to put in a larger TV at some point. For now I'm happy with a small one at my bunk. If I buy a bigger boat, I'll probably put in a nicer entertainment system.
08-11-2014 06:17 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
Frankly, I don't like the higher refresh rates like 120hz or 240hz. They make movies look like they were shot on videotape for TV.
What you're seeing has nothing to do with the refresh rate. Most movies are shot in 24FPS I believe. Many TVs nowadays have advanced post-processing which attempts to double low framerates by inferring the inbetween frames (which seems to work some of the time). Even a 60Hz TV can do this, as it refreshes 60 times a second, and should be able to handle 48fps.

This will add lag if you're playing games, and can make movies looks weird, especially because the effect only works in scenes that don't have a lot of motion. You can usually just turn this off in the TV's settings. You're cheating yourself by intentionally seeking out low refresh rates, as higher refresh rates will result in less ghosting. Also those with sensitive eyes will be able to actually see the flashing of a 60Hz TV when the background is white, causing eyestrain.
08-03-2014 09:05 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Saw projector/camera rig at Costco the other day. Hand held. Can't speak to the quality but tiny.
07-22-2014 01:18 PM
Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

We were debating back and forth about what to do about a TV - the boat came with a pretty small monitor - and after meeting a few other sailors, we were convinced that a projector was actually the way to go. It was cheaper than buying a new TV and we are able to dismount the screen as needed (for crossing). We wrote about it here if you're interested on our blog couch sailors dot com

As long as you have a way to hook up the projector to either a laptop or have movies on an SD card, you're good to go!
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